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Spleen : for voice or cello, and piano

by Attila Jurth (1961)

Spleen

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Spleen : for voice or cello, and piano / Attila Jurth.

Library shelf no. 783.67542/JUR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Hungarian translation by Pál Justus (1906-1965) of Spleen by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) from the collection of poems Romances sans paroles [Ballades without Words] published in 1874 was set to music by Attila Jurth for his sister Ildikó who had been a church choir singer for years. He later transcribed it to violoncello for his son Levente. The cello version was first published in the journal Australian String Teacher (vol. 11, no. 2, Spring 1989, p. 25-28)

Spleen can only be sung in the Hungarian language.

Work Details

Year: 1961

Instrumentation: Voice or cello, and piano.  

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ildikó Jurth

Commission note: Commissioned by Ildikó Jurth

First performance: by Levente Jurth, Attila Jurth — 10 Jun 89. Auditorium of the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland, Brisbane

The composer cites the following influence on this work:

Related work: Verlaine's Spleen (in original French) from Ariettes oubliées (1886) for voice and piano L60 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

Performances of this work

10 Jun 89: Auditorium of the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland, Brisbane . Featuring Levente Jurth, Attila Jurth.

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